Sydney Pierce, a senior studio art candidate from Joplin, recently had an oil painting selected for the 31st annual Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wis.

Her painting, “Little Black Submarine,” and others selected for the competition, were juried by Mark Steven Greenfield, who served as director of the Watts Towers Arts Center from 1993 – 2002 and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from 2004 – 2010. The exhibit, which opens Oct. 1, will run through Nov. 9.

Pierce says much of her artwork focuses on the study of light and how it fills, reflects and illuminates a space.

“It doesn’t seem real that something this fascinating can be happening in front of me,” she says. “I have to stop what I’m doing and try to record it or (catch) it in the same way I view it.”